Kitchen remodel - pantry wall removal
We are getting ready to renovate our small kitchen. One of the things we want to do is knock out a few of the walls that are part of our current pantry and instead put in either cabinets or a stand-alone pantry.
Currently, the back wall of our pantry does not go floor to ceiling. So, my main question is how much weigh can that wall support? Would that be stable enough to hang a 30X39 wall cabinet on it?
Second question, for someone who has never done much drywall work, would this be a difficult task to knock out the walls and then hang new drywall? I am pretty handy and learn quickly. Not sure from a price perspective though and the size of the job if it may be cheaper to have someone do it since I don't readily have all the tools probably required...
Please see the attached pictures for better examples of what we will be working with. When looking at the front of the pantry, we want to knock out the front wall containing the door and the right side. I also attached a few mock up pictures for what we would be looking to do instead.